Monday, January 30, 2012

Prospect Lake Jan 30th Lesser Scaup "special"

Adam Welz reports LESSER SCAUP with RING-NECKED DUCKs at lake this afternoon.

Adam's list:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 30, 2012 12:10 PM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     mostly clear, light wind, cool, Prospect Lake not fully surveyed
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  4
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  40     approx count
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  7
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  5
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  2
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  30     approx count
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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peter's list

The LESSER SCAUP drake was seen very close to the western shore of the lake 4:35, by itself; Ring-neckeds were scattered.

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 30, 2012 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
12 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  6
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  38
Ring-necked Duck  7---6 drakes
Lesser Scaup  1 drake
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  2
American Coot  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X

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Prospect Jan 29th: West Island's very fine half hour

If you envisioned an imaginary line from the West Island rustic shelter across to the south lake shore at West Island cove, you  would have been glad to see what I saw at 4 pm .

In a matter of minutes, three quality duck species flew in and joined already  present ducks at West Island's general water perimeter. First to fly in was a pair of GADWALL; their arrival was followed very briefly by a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS, the drake with its raised crest. And then right after their arrival, two drake RING-NECKED DUCKs joined an already present hen, which the ariving drakes drew out 6 more drake RNDucks !  The latter were resting along the shore of West Island, which also had several AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS on the water snag, and nearby 13 NORTHERN SHOVELERS feeding upon the water surface. Add in MALLARD and RUDDY, a total of 7 duck species from my shore line sentinel spot at the West island benches. Pretty cool  for a very late day walk in Prospect.

A word from Eni Falci reported BROWN THRASHER still at the same spot as always , a carryover from 2011, like yesterday's Gray Catbird... They don't want to leave Lamppost #249; the picnic table scraps are treasured.

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Peter's list

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 29, 2012 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
10 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2 west isl, mixed pair
American Black Duck  5  west isl
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  29 --13 west isl; 16 lake
Ring-necked Duck  9 isl---8 drakes
Hooded Merganser  2 west isl, mixed pair
Ruddy Duck  14
Pied-billed Grebe  1 lake

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Eni's note:


Hi Peter-
Nice day in the park but not many bird sightings. Of note saw the long staying - still here Brown Thrasher near lamppost on Well House Rd. It was near the Magnolia tree in the dense brush and then disappeared into even thicker branches on the ground but it is still in the same general area it has been in since December. Also saw Downys, cardinals, grackles,red winged black birds, house finches, chickadees, nuthatch and titmouse at the feeder area. Yesterday heard carolina wren calling at Binnen Neathermead Bridge.
Eni & Vin

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Prospect reports January 28th,27th

From Adam Welz:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 28, 2012 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: warm, still day
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 8
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 7
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 32
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) X
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 23
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1 seen well near end of Peninsula in pines. A long-staying bird.
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 20 approx count, group near Pools, first large group I've seen this winter
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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From Peter

Note : Gray Catbird

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 27, 2012 3:45 PM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
12 species

Canada Goose  275
Mute Swan  X
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  42
Ring-necked Duck  8--6 West Isl, 2 Peninsula shore
Hooded Merganser  1 hen
Ruddy Duck  8
Pied-billed Grebe  2
American Coot  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X

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Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY
Jan 28, 2012 2:20 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species

with Obs Kathy Toomey

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1  Breeze Hill Cleft Ridge
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1--gorgeous ! picking up Suet scraps on ground
White-throated Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  3
House Finch  4

Lamppost 249--Gray Catbird  1 under the Silky Dogwood shrubs right of LPost

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Another proposed city Brooklyn park in the making; PP reports inc OCWA

It looks like the northwest coast of Brooklyn is getting a big makeover regarding empty lots and commercial properties becoming "Green"  ( and that's great!). With this whole area just devoid of green spaces, the trend is changing. From Brooklyn Bridge Park/Empire Ferry State park to this proposed new park and Bush Terminal Pier Park  farther west at 45th street area, things are looking rosy. Though it only is supposed to be 2 acres, sometimes that is enough to provide habitat for migrating birds ( Look at NYC 's City Hall, where occasionally this crowded spot get Woodcocks or Bryant Park where Chat was the word...). Lets hope there is funding to bring  Columbia Street park proposition to fruition. ( and there are great restaurants on that street --Alma, a BBQ Ribs spot. On my last North Shorewalk  there a year ago, we stopped in Alma for lunch..great Mexican food !  Here's the story from the NY Post ( click on the links)..--KB

http://tinyurl.com/ColumbiaStpark


Park drawing rendering:

http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2012/01/20/media/Panorama%20View.pdf



From Rafael:
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Jan 26, 2012 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
32 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 4
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 Heard only.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 10
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X


Brooklyn is great birding!!!: Rafa Campos R.



From Alex Wilson:


Begin forwarded message:

> Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
> Jan 26, 2012
> 41 species (+1 other taxa)
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> Canada Goose  200
> Mute Swan  8
> American Black Duck  3
> American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  2
> Mallard  90
> Northern Shoveler  40
> Ring-necked Duck  8     (Lake, males with 1 hen.)
> Ruddy Duck  20
> Pied-billed Grebe  2
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  3
> American Coot  30
> Ring-billed Gull  150
> Herring Gull  20
> Great Black-backed Gull  2
> Rock Pigeon  30
> Mourning Dove  30
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
> Downy Woodpecker  8
> Hairy Woodpecker  3
> Blue Jay  15
> American Crow  15
> Black-capped Chickadee  4
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3
> Carolina Wren  2
> Winter Wren  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  7
> European Starling  75
> Orange-crowned Warbler  1     (Seen in two spots, foraging on 
> ground near SW corner of Lullwater Bridge at 9:00 AM, then flew 
> across Lullwater.  At 11:30 on Breeze Hill with similar flock; 
> assumed to be the same bird, though it's not unlikely that more 
> than one individual has been involved in the string of sightings 
> since last fall.)
> Fox Sparrow  2
> Song Sparrow  12
> White-throated Sparrow  50
> Dark-eyed Junco  25
> Northern Cardinal  25
> Red-winged Blackbird  8
> Common Grackle  2
> House Finch  40
> American Goldfinch  10
> House Sparrow  20

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Important Wetland Conservation draft proposal by NYC

See this link from my Environmental Conservation blog ..--KB

http://bbcnewsboard.blogspot.com/2012/01/nyc-release-its-wetland-protection.html

Prospect January 24th Noon post; eve post--4 Snow Goose

On a swingby driving my work truck on south Lake Drive, I noted 12 RING-NECKED DUCK by Three Sisters Islands, the largest number I've seen in at least two years... 3 hen and 9 drakes , a cool sight to see.  [ A quick check of the records upon my hunch made me correct ---March 8 , 2010 also had 12 RNDU..My memory is still good , so far  ;)>   ]

Rob Bate also saw the ducks as well as both AMERICAN WIGEON at the west Lake shore.

Mary Eyster posted a text message to me of an amazing event at her tiny yard with its feeders: 100 + COMMON GRACKLES!  I would be nervous going out there, my memory well served with the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie, "The Birds"  .

An evening report later.

--KB

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This evening post finds an interesting species,a flyover reported by Mary Eyster. During her park walk, 4  SNOW GOOSE flew over the Music Pagoda  adjacent to Lily Pond, making this species first appearance for 2012

The feeders didn't look that active ( except for the House Finches) and no sign of the Rusty Blackbird. ( It doesn't mean it's gone )

NORTHERN SHOVELERS after my careful counting numbered 93 birds, the 2 AMERICAN WIGEONS by the Well Drive boat ramp and RING-NECKED DUCK by the dozen , though split into two groups either side of Three Sisters  are the three best species for the Lake

After work, en route home, I caught sight of the adult COOPERS HAWK, flying in and perching in a tree near LP 249, or south slope of Lookout HIll.

List

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 24, 2012
Protocol: Incidental
27 species

Snow Goose  4 flyover Music pagoda
Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
American Wigeon  2 lake
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  93 lake
Ring-necked Duck  12 at 3 Sisters Isl
American Wigeon--2 drake Lake
Ruddy Duck  8 lake
Pied-billed Grebe  1 at 3 Sisters
Great Blue Heron  1 Upper Pool
Cooper's Hawk  1 LP 249  adult
Red-tailed Hawk  1 Ravine, seen courting  , ruffling feathers and raising wings
American Coot  18 lake
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X lake
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  6 feeders
Downy Woodpecker  4 feeders
Black-capped Chickadee  1 feeders
Tufted Titmouse  1 feeders
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  3 breeze Hill
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Common Grackle  100     feeders near Bartel Pritchard home

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Prospect January 23rd

RUSTY BLACKBIRD continues to hang out in the area under the feeders; when I saw the bird this afternoon, it was perched on the back brush pile in moderately falling rain.

The year's first  AMERICAN WIGEON that I know of were stationed on the Lake ice at the Peninsula side , two drakes very close to shore. Considering that I am compiling last year's Prospect species list, this duck species appeared only once in 2011 !  Puzzling, no doubt...

While the wigeons stay stationary, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS with only one hen happily sailed along in the open water between Three Sister Islands and the Peninsula "thumb". Gorgeous ducks to watch in winter. Their numbers are far far below the NORTHERN SHOVELERS,my estimate take 72 birds scattered around the western third of the Lake.

 The other interesting sighting on this dreary day, a handsome adult COOPER'S HAWK perched high in the Sycamore Maple tree up the slope from Well Drive's picnic tables or better known as "Lamppost #249".

The songbird numbers are low, mostly WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  with Cardinals in front of the Quaker Cemetery main gate, West Island sweetgums trio and I forget where else...


Prospect Feeders

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 23, 2012
Protocol: Incidental
21 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  218
Mute Swan  7
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  2
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  X
Northern Shoveler  72 Lake
Ring-necked Duck  6  off Peninsula thumb
Ruddy Duck  7 Lake
Pied-billed Grebe  1 Lake
Great Blue Heron  1 flying across lake
Cooper's Hawk  1  LP 249
Red-tailed Hawk  1 south Lakeside
American Coot  26
Ring-billed Gull  1100
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Song Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  16 --various spots
Dark-eyed Junco  6 Center Dr bridle trail
Common Grackle  45  flying in from PPSW Ave to West Isl area.

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Astounding find on the western Brooklyn coast Friday the 13th

An injured bird washed ashore on Friday January 13th ( unlucky day )at the under development new park Bush Terminal Park slated to open in the near future. Unfortunately, the construction foreman Paul whom I have the pleasure of meeting along with my friend Bart Chezar for the future Osprey platform ( which I helped consulted), emailed me when I was off from work where Paul emailed me so I could provide animal rescue services information. Fortunately, Paul did find an excellent certified animal rescue expert who took the bird in.

Not knowing what the species was yet Paul correctly identified then( and he is not a birder!), I asked for a photo.I got the photo today which I am posting here. Last report was the bird is recovering from a life threatening injury it suffered.(and I thought it was a common waterfowl species)

Yep, I can't believe it but it is: a DOVEKIE.

--KB

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Prospect January 22 Blackbirds Ballyhoo!



Before today's observation report, a note about the feeders area. Looking to check on the feeders to see if any were empty for refill, I came upon directly beneath the suet feeder , a pine limb that was placed on top of an vertical ( stood up stump). I don't know what this entailed but possibly any squirrel sympathizers ?

Obviously there was a trespasser that the area is hard to get into. The area beneath the feeders should be clear; Please enjoy from the distance outside the fence as only I and Rob Bate go in to refill the feeders and maintain. If you see anything amiss or strange, please email me at Prosbird@aol.com . Thanks

I like to add more gratefully a note of thanks to Stephen Blacklocks for donating $30.00 for seed. The black oil sunflower goes fast. Of course, you will see why in my trip to the feeders this morning.

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In likely the most memorable feeder activity to date, besides a single RUSTY BLACKBIRD (on the ground below the feeders) for my surprising discovery, the hoards of COMMON GRACKLES frequenting the park of the past week, have discovered the feeders. Likely Friday's lone wandering Grackle passed the word to his buddies and gals and now look what happened !  Today's party fest  was about 65 Common Grackles, a number of them on the ground below the seed feeders, with the remaining grackles, including some RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS perched in the surrounding trees and brush piles.

 It was a memorable scene , welcomed to see ( as long as it' s not squirrels raiders!) with these blackbirds, 3 different BB species at the feeders must be some kind of record ! :)>  The Grackles were skittish though as they were spooked several times to flying up to the trees and then back down again for ground feeding. More Grackles were across Breeze Hill , in the trees , at least 50 more. So, maybe a wonderful week ahead with more birds discovering the feeders as a lifeline with the year's first snow.

As to why maybe besides the grackles ,fast consumed seed, look towards 41 HOUSE FINCHES there every day.They bring the place alive...

Also welcomed, given their very noted absence all fall/early winter, including the Prospect Xmas count, earlier before the blackbird raid, 8 DARK-EYED JUNCOS seen on the ground, these "snowbirds" always a delight  to watch alongside the common species that visit the feeders.

Over at the Lake, most of it frozen, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS-- 5 drakes--make winter more assuring to go out and see these special visitors. It is my impression of winter experience most enjoyable when I see these ducks in Prospect Lake, a very handsome species to watch.

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY
Jan 22, 2012 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     3 inches snow cover
14 species

Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Rusty Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  65
House Finch  41
House Sparrow  1

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 22, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     3 inches snow cover
21 species

Canada Goose  263 lake
Mute Swan  6 lake
American Black Duck  1 lake
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  11 lake
Ring-necked Duck  6 at 3 sisters isl, or south shore nearby
Ruddy Duck  5 lake
American Coot  14 lake
Ring-billed Gull  850 lake
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  6 Cleft ridge span
Tufted Titmouse  1 west isl
Northern Mockingbird  1 boathouse
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  6 breeze hill
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  5 boathouse
House Sparrow  X

Common Grackle 50 Breeze Hill

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From Adam Welz:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 22, 2012 3:00 PM - 4:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: cold. Lake well-surveyed, many ducks absent e.g. Shoveler, Ruddy.
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X tens
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) 3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 22
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X hundreds
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 at feeder
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1 at feeder. Have not seen many this winter at all!
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X group at feeder
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2 at feeder, one with injured leg
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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RUSTY BB @ BH feeders w grackles prospark

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Backyard Cooper's Hawks; Snowy Owl Utube link

The Brooklyn Bird Club received a few inquiries to identify /confirm a hawk species seen in a few Brooklyn backyards this week. One was a juvenile Coopers Hawk south of Prospect Park; today's email I looked at is from the Carroll Gardens section, with a photo taken by Oona Stern . It's a really nice photo:

Cooper's Hawk in Carroll Gardens backyard taken by Oona Stern




Given this winter's Snowy Owl irruption, I couldn't resist inserting this link from Cornell's Ornithological website. Its such a terrific and beautiful slide /video from Utube.Hopefully , you could get one out there somewhere this winter.

Copy and paste the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufkcx-UqljM&feature=player_embedded#!





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Friday Prospect B&W Warbler




( A late post from me due to all day Friday trip to Jones Beach for the spectacular all white Snowy Owl, 3 Harlequin Ducks, Razorbills,lots Loons, with friends Mary, Janet Zinn and Alan Baratz ..Check the latest NYC RBA on http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html; and then an evening concert-- no time email yesterday)

See this Picture of the Snowy Owl from Janet Zinn


http://www.facebook.com/Janet.Zinn.Photography


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I received this report from Bobbi Manian

From Bobbi, the BLACK &WHITE WARBLER is along the south Midwood mulch woods trail by the shipping containers--seen around 3 pm.

--KB

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From Adam Welz:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 20, 2012 1:40 PM - 3:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: cold, not many interesting waterbirds about. Only 1 Canada Goose.
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 35 approx
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 7
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X hundreds
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 30
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A most exciting morning in Prospect January 18th




A most exciting morning in Prospect Park, from Lookout Hill's south face to the skies over Prospect Lake, 3 BALD EAGLES sightings commanded the views.

A mid morning text message from Doug Gochfeld placed the first Bald Eagle, flying in from the south, making a rare perching on Lookout Hill's south side. Later , Mary Eyster came along and both birders watched the large form take off, circling the sky over the Lake .

After an cell phone alert went out to Twitter, Rob Jett reported back on two BALD EAGLES! He was watching around 11:40 an adult and a juvenile over the Lake as well.

While I was mentioning this to my coworkers in the work truck , it reminded my coworker Mark Anthony in telling me he saw a Bald Eagle on January 7th , during "Mulchfest" of Xmas trees, [while i was driving the pickup truck :(   ] , an adult flying over Park Circle's "Lion Tamers" entrance where Mark was working the chipper.

Whether this may look like a wintering Bald Eagle in Kings County, it is more likely that today's strong cold front with its gusty northwesterly winds pushed eagles through, as upstate water bodies froze over and fish are harder to find. New Jersey's coastal swamp and marshes (or maybe even Maryland's and Delaware's )beckons..

One other note of interest. While I was waiting and watching from the west Lakeshore, eating chinese food from its tray in my left hand, I spotted a large raptor flying along Ocean Avenue, at a distance of 1/3 of a mile. I watched the bird fly southward and its shape puzzled me as the wind took it on a ride. The best guess was a Red-shouldered Hawk but I also am inclined towards a Goshawk.The big bird flew behind the large apartment building on the corner of Ocean and Parkside Ave before doubling back and out towards Flatbush, disappearing behind the tree line. It was tough holding on to my chinese food though......

So a heads up for this Un-Id raptor.

On a mid afternoon fruitless search and wait for any more eagles, Bobbi Manian and I looked and walked along the south side of the Lake where the large flock of COMMON GRACKLES continue to roam , this time up in the big trees, at least 200 birds total on both sides of the south Lake drive.

See Bobbi's photo




I rather have an eagle ! ;)>

PS.. 2 Pied Billed Grebes are back after their absence yesterday. 40 Northern Shovelers in circles.....make you dizzy...

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NYState Birds Listserve posting from Rob Jett:

Subject: Brooklyn Eagle...
From: Rob Jett
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:00:16 -0500

...the bird, not the newspaper.

I received a text from Doug Gochfeld this morning that he was looking at an adult Bald Eagle in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. The bird was circling Prospect Lake. I rushed into the park, but by the time I got to the lake it was nowhere to be found.

After about a 35 minute lakeside vigil I headed back across the
park, eagle-less. I ran into Doug near the Maryland Monument and we
stood talking for a few minutes. From that location there is an obstructed view of the lake, so when we saw all the gulls and geese take flight, we hurried down Wellhouse Drive towards the commotion. As we passed the Peninsula Meadow, to our left, we spotted a juvenile Bald Eagle flying towards us. I should note that the eagle seen by Doug earlier was an adult.

The raptor continued flying above us and over Lookout Hill. About 3 minutes later, as we walked to the edge of the lake, we observed a second Bald Eagle soaring over the lake. This one was an adult bird and likely the same individual Doug spotted earlier as he noted that it was missing a flight feather on its right wing.

It appears that there has been an adult Bald Eagle hanging around
Brooklyn since last Fall. Peter Dorosh posted a photo of one seen in Bush Terminal late last October (not far from Green-Wood Cemetery). Joe DiCostanzo spotted one in Green-Wood Cemetery on a Thanksgiving stroll. Marge Raymond photographed one in Green-Wood Cemetery while leading a tour on December 7th. Subsequent to that there were several unsubstantiated sightings in the cemetery by landscape workers, but then someone photographed it on January 6th and post the image
here:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/coy_koi/6648619059/in/photostream


Anyway, I realize that Bald Eagles aren't a super-rarity, but to have one
hanging around Brooklyn is kinda cool.


Good birding,

Rob

The City Birder Weblog


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From Adam:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 18, 2012 1:25 PM - 3:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: windy, not too cold, clear
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 35 approx count
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 10 approx count
American Coot (Fulica americana) 15 approx count
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X hundreds
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 near Wellhouse
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 1 also near Wellhouse
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X large flock of hundreds
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 20
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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2 Bald eagles spotted over prospect lake per rob j ad&juv
Bald eagle rept perch south lookout hill

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pied-billed Grebe Prospect records

Following up on a promise to look up the records for this species, what was the highest # after spotting 7 in recent weeks, it turns out the record is safe...

the highest number of Pied-billed Grebe (PBGR) at one time in Prospect Lake was twelve (12). Yep...hard to believe we actually had that many..well ..the lake is a good swimming pool....

the dates sharing 12 PBGR ( followed by Observer initials) are :
 ( 1998 late fall was the big season )

12/9/1995 RJ
1/31/1998 RJ
10/31/1998 DP, PD, SN
11/6/1998 PD
11/13/1998 PD
11/14/1998 PD, RJ,SN
11/19/1998 RJ,BBN
11/21/1998 PD,RJ
11/22/1998 RJ

Prospect Jan 17th ; Grackle spectacle continues, winter warblers

My Cell phone photo of Common Grackles on leaf clutter



Today was noted for a roving flock of COMMON GRACKLES, about 325 seen working the lawn and leaf clutter south of West Island, adjacent to the south Lake drive ,where some ignorant grackles were on. Later, they also moved among leaf clutter just north of the Vanderbilt Street Playground,next to the park's border. Another mid afternoon note from Rob Jett places this large unusual winter flock back near the southern area .It a roaming flock , certainly hungry , and spectacle to watch.

The standout "winter" warblers continue to delight, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER moving about, maybe the same bird ,seen first on the western side of Lullwater ( boathouse) bridge ( Rob Bate) , then reported by Rob Jett at the Oval grass lawn on Breeze Hill. BLACK&WHITE WARBLER is still plugging on, amazingly resilient against the recent cold snap...enjoy the bird if you can find it. For Rob Bate, a special treat seeing a trifecta of nice birds with the Orange-crowned Warbler, sharing the spotlight with uncommon RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET & WINTER WREN

On the lake, inundated by a very large Ring billed Gull flock, only water open at the western shore provided refuge for a lone drake RING-NECKED DUCK , 61 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, some Ruddy Ducks with 279 Canada Geese during a early morning count. Pied-billed Grebe was noticeably absent..I guess they had enough of cramped quarters.

In the Lily Pool , a statuesque GREAT BLUE HERON stood very still on the ice in front of the island.

The feeders are dominated by HOUSE FINCHES, about 26 seen, but one special guest crammed in,a CAROLINA WREN taking its time plucking seed from one of the bottom feeders.

A drippy day, but some nice things to see with not much moving around...but that's winter !

--KB


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From Rob Bate:

I found an Orange-crowned Warbler on the western Lullwater just south of the Bow Bridge by the Audubon Center.  With it were a Winter Wren and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Later, behind the shipping containers on Center Drive i found the B&W Warbler around the fallen tree across the wood chip path, where it has been lately.  I tried for the Redstart in the BBG but I guess he's long gone so no warbler hat-trick today.

33 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  5
Mallard  25
Northern Shoveler  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Coot  5
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Hairy Woodpecker  X
Blue Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
Carolina Wren  X
Winter Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Orange-crowned Warbler
 1
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Common Grackle  250
House Finch  20
House Sparrow  X

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From Adam:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 17, 2012 2:50 PM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     mostly rainy, overcast, not too cold
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  8     including 1 bird with leg band 1048-75726 reported to Bird Banding Lab
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  9
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  5
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos)  3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  60     approx count
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  6
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  20     approx count
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  450     approx count
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  15
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  25     inc 1 yellow-form bird at feeder with blue band on left leg, purple band with ?lettering on right. Escapee?
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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Peter's lists:

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 17, 2012 9:00 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: frozen lake 90%
11 species

Canada Goose 279
Mute Swan 7
American Black Duck 4
Mallard X
Northern Shoveler 61
Ring-necked Duck 1
Ruddy Duck 5
American Coot 15
Ring-billed Gull 1600
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull 7

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY
Jan 17, 2012 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
9 species

Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1
House Finch 26
House Sparrow 1

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 17, 2012
Protocol: Incidental
9 species

Great Blue Heron 1 Lily Pond
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove X
European Starling X
Song Sparrow 4 breeze hill
White-throated Sparrow 12 breeze hill
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 325 roaming single flock,ground feeding leaf clutter south woods lakeside
House Sparrow X

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From Rafael:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Jan 17, 2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 kilometer(s)
Comments: Short walk, the rain came around 11 am, and no much bird activity.
25 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 10
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 3
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!: Rafa Campos R.
GRACKLE spectacle lawn bhind west isl by drive 325 birds feeding

Monday, January 16, 2012

4 Sparrow marsh meeting Jan 18th , 8 pm

If anyone is interested , refer to this note I received .
***IMPORTANT MEETING - PLEASE DISTRIBUTE! Wednesday January 18 @ 8 PM***
Community Board 18 will present the NEW PLANS for the Four Sparrow Marsh area -
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 @ 8 PM, Kings Plaza Community Room (enter near the garage on Flatbush Ave., the community room is to your right)
"Hi folks,
Four Sparrow Marsh is located on southbound Flatbush Ave, just past Toys R Us but before Floyd Bennet Field. It bears the NYC Parks Dept's  "Forever Wild" logo. The NYC Parks Dept. website says:
"Named by naturalists Ron and Jean Bourque, Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve is home to four native species which require undisturbed marshland for nesting: Sharptailed, Seaside, Swamp, and Song Sparrows. Because of its relative isolation from residential areas in Brooklyn, Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve has been allowed to remain in a fairly natural condition. This makes it ideal for many permanently nesting species, including several types of ducks, gulls, and wading and woodland birds, as well as for the common seashore mollusks and crustaceans which feed those birds. It is an important part of the Jamaica Bay estuary system. "
Note the final sentence: "It is an important part of the Jamaica Bay estuary system".
Last winter, the NYC Economic Development Corp. announced plans to turn a sizable portion of the marsh into a shopping mall. Although the site was marked by Parks Dept. signs, it turned out that the land had never been officially turned over to the Parks Dept.!!!
A number of us went to the Feb. 2011 Scoping Meeting. We've been to a lot of these meetings, but there was something really off kilter about this one. I remember turning to my colleagues & saying "something isn't right here". Several weeks later, we learned that State Senator Carl Kruger had been indicted, for among other things, being in cahoots with the developer. That was why things didn't feel right.
In the fall of 2011, the plan for the retail center was withdrawn. However, there are still plans in the works which may impact a small portion of the area that everyone thought was pakland. The new plans for development on the Toys R Us site are similar to what was previously announced (a car dealership & renovation/expansion of the existing marina). This will be built on the existing parking lot, etc. of Toys R Us. But there is an additional strip of land south of Toys R Us that is also included in the development. We need to see if this will intrude on the parkland of Four Sparrow Marsh.
We also need to insist that the remaining 60+ acres of land is OFFICIALLY turned over to the Parks Dept. Otherwise, there is a good possibility that sooner or later this site will be turned over to developers.
We lost the Vandalia Dunes to the Gateway Mall. Let's make sure that Four Sparrow Marsh does not suffer the same fate."

Orange-crowned Warbler seen today Jan 16th

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER dawdles on Breeze Hill ,  in record setting time for one site residence in Prospect Park.  Kathy Toomey and Emily Goldstein saw the bird , with Janet Zinn seeing it last. Check out Janet's terrific photo of today's sighting , from her Facebook posting.

click on

http://www.facebook.com/civilwardiscoverytrail?sk=wall#!/photo.php?fbid=10150587938366049&set=a.468957571048.244455.61020701048&type=1

and a secnd photo from Janet Zinn

January 16th Prospect: "Survival of the Fittest"

Evolutionist scientist Charles Darwin , in his famous Natural Selection treatise, spoke about "survival of the fittest" ( see if you want to read the fine points  , click here http://www.bartleby.com/11/4003.html )
which was observed today. Hear my account with this :

I got into the park this early afternoon--blame it on the party effects of last nite's wedding party--when Bobbi Manian saw me at my street corner of PPSW Ave.. She mentioned that birders mentioned to her a Hooded Merganser was stuck in the ice. Of course, if a bird is stuck way out, there isn't much to be done. It's dangerous and crazy to walk on the ice ( that's why today there was a Park Enforcement Patrol car by the Well house for that reason). While surveying the whole frozen lake except for a few west shore spots, I saw no Hoodie but a Great Black Backed Gull eating a carcass on the ice.

Here's a note I received from Kathy Toomey. It shows that winter is a hard time for birds and Nature has her own way of providing or dictating its terms.

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Peter,
Early today, Emily and I saw the female hooded merganser
apparently stuck in one position far out on the ice in the middle of
the Lake, all by itself. It was still alive, because we saw it moving
its head (but not its body). We were hoping that later in the day,
when it warmed up, it might get free. Unfortunately, when we were
leaving at about 1:00, we saw a greater black backed gull eating the
merganser.

date = 2012/01/16
site = Prospect Park
observers = Kathy Toomey and Emily Goldstein

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Northern Shoveler
American Black Duck
Canada Goose
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Mallard
American Coot
Great Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Gray Catbird near lamp post 249
Orange-crowned Warbler in brush by side of the road near the feeders
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow near lamp post 249
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle large flock, like yesterday
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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On a positive note, like " three men in a tub ", make that five , 5 PIED--BILLED GREBE in a close tight group on a water opening barely 2 feet wide. To my right I saw two more PBGrebes coming out of the Phragmites, making it a lucky & magnificent 7 ! 

During that timeframe, all the numbers of gulls flushed up , caused by a low fast flying COOPERS HAWK  from the lakeshore south , across the lake, towards its target it spotted , a pigeon that swooped across the north shore, charging hard to get away as the Coopers breathed down its tail feathers; and as luck had it, Pigeon lived ! ( till next time..it was "fit to survive for today")

The Cooper's broke off and perched in one of the Ginko trees there on the Peninsula lawn

List

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY
Jan 16, 2012 2:45 PM - 3:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
5 species

Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
House Finch  17

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 16, 2012 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     frozen lake ~95%
15 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  5
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  39 lake tight group
Ruddy Duck  3
Pied-billed Grebe  7     clustered from lack of open water, possibly a record high
Cooper's Hawk  1 fly over
American Coot  12 lake
Ring-billed Gull  1200 lake
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  3 Lake , one eating a carcass presumably when I saw it Hooded Merganser
Rock Pigeon  1 (escaped!)
Hermit Thrush  1  Pools
Song Sparrow  3 Breeze Hill

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Orange-crowned Warbler, Grackle-mania on a really cold day Prospect Jan 15th

This was the coldest day of the year so far, yet a few good birds were seen.

Namely, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER reported on Breeze Hill  was the best report, still present after a long spell, seen first by Urban Park Ranger Tony Prastaro, then Adam Welz, and later Bobbi Manian and Denns H near the Breeze Hill feeders.

During my brief walk early afternoon before heading out for a friend's wedding, I caught sight of a pair of GADWALL on west side of the Lake. Near also the feeders, Kathy Toomey spotted a Ruby-crowned Kinglet along the road next to wood beam barriers while Bob O'Neill and I watched as well.Its an uncommon winter species.

BUT...the MOST IMPRESSIVE day's sighting? While I , Kathy and Bob ended our walk at the top of the East Wood Arch before heading back towards Breeze Hill, Kathy alerted both of us to a flock of blackbirds in the trees above the Arch , adjacent to the Lily Pool.They were COMMON GRACKLES. When they took off, I estimated the size to be at least 300! Its no doubt a roving flock, looking for food wherever they can find it.

It was IM-PRESS-SIVE!


From Bobbi Manian:

Hi Peter,

how are you? it was a good weekend; as you already know, Dennis found the Canvasback yesterday at JBWR which was a huge treat for me. Today, we saw the OCW on Breeze Hill just past the feeders (i was still looking for my elusive wren, not far from where i saw you on Wed). Here are some photos, in case you are still looking for markings. I can send you more detailed origs of any, if it helps w/ the investigation.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2629476455327.2125305.1207827614&type=1&l=3c5bf95aa3


Best,
Bobbi


From Adam:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 15, 2012 2:20 PM - 4:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: clear, v cold, not very windy. Surveyed from Lincoln Road entrance down to southern part of Lake, inc. Peninsula.
30 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2 female possibly (?) a Mallard hybrid -- some white in tail, head profile not very "Gadwall-y"
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 10
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1 near Peninsula
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 7 a very high count, again. A group of 3 near Peninsula, another 3 near West Island, and a single
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 18
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Peninsula
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1 near feeders. Maybe the same bird that was around earlier this winter. Quite bright.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1 feeders
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 35 feeders
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

ORANG CRWND WARB near feeders breez hill per adam

Peregrine Falcon BBG tower Sat Jan 14th

Not much time to bird with social stuff to do this weekend , but on a late morning family run to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I saw a lone PEREGRINE FALCON bracing itself on the Fireman Radio Tower at BBG's south end.The falcon was smart to perch on the lowest jutting out antennae frame structure with the strong winds lately.. KB

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gusty Day, safe harbor Prospect January 13th


I would not call this day "unlucky" (my apologies to anyone professing to have triskaidekaphobia ) , but this very gusty cold day forced ducks into safe harbor, as productive West Island Cove turned out to be.

And as expected , locales like the West Island cove where dense phragmite stands act as wind barrier, several species ducks and some PIED-BILLED GREBEs sought cover. On a first run, I saw a drake RING-NECKED DUCK on the outskirts of the cove, along with 3 grebes, and 37 NORTHERN SHOVELERS surface feeding and a few AMERICAN BLACK DUCK resting on the island water snags. It was on my return from the feeders, that I stopped once more at the West Island benches ( while picking up a SWAMP SPARROW with a SONG), that I spotted what I thought was another Ring-necked but lo & behold at my oversight as the sleeping duck turned, it was a LESSER SCAUP drake Duck ! It always pays to look again and look closely. A good duck to have for Prospect and with those species, I saw in the distance by Duck Island, also HOODED MERGANSER, also a drake.

The feeders were quiet except for a few species , the wind no doubt having its impact. WHITE_THROATED SPARROWS reappeared as I adjusted the brush behind the feeders to create more ground cover, and those sparrows seemed to like that , coming out as soon as I left the area. Three red NORTHERN CARDINAL in the multi flora rose is always cool to see, for a winter day setting.

So some favorite ducks  to see on FRIDAY THE 13TH ( and I hope and wish for a lucky Redhead this year on the Lake) and a chance to get out despite the challenges of a stiff cold wind.Winter is here; is snow far behind ?

--Kingsboider

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 13, 2012 3:00 PM - 3:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.05 mile(s)
16 species

Canada Goose  17
Mute Swan  5
American Black Duck  3 West Isl cove
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  37 west isl cove
Ring-necked Duck  1 drake west Isl cove
Lesser Scaup  1 drake West Isl cove, b4 dusk
Hooded Merganser  1 drake Duck Isl
Ruddy Duck  15
Pied-billed Grebe  5 --3 west isl cove, 2 Lake
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Coot  X
Song Sparrow  1 west isl phrag marsh
Swamp Sparrow  1 West Isl phrag marsh
White-throated Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  X

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY
Jan 13, 2012 3:50 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  1  (where are these guys?)
White-throated Sparrow  14
Northern Cardinal  3

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From Adam Welz:

weather very cold and windy, did not stay long -- of real interest was a female Belted Kingfisher at end of Peninsula -- I'm not used to seeing them in winter!
Adam

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 13, 2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: biting wind, cold, did not fully survey Lake as a result.
24 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 20 approx count
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2 pink beach
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3 in a tight group near Duck Island. Lake not fully surveyed.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 6
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 150 approx count
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 40 approx count
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 25 approx count, at feeders
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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Lesser Scaup drake west isl cove prospark

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's pouring Ravens ! Prospect January 11th

In the second appearance by a COMMON RAVEN under 4 days, Adam Welz reported one calling, not seen initially but a short time later Adam saw visually was also seen by Rob Jett. Only the 4th "documented" record for this species in Prospect, 2 times this week.

It's looking up for this species here maybe a new place to live ? The neighborhood is highly desirable for one

On another exceptional note , 7 PIED-BILLED GREBE is good news and fantastic to see.It may be a record for a PP winter sighting..( means more checking of the records)

Check out Adam and Rob Jett's reports and note.





From Adam Welz:

Raven!  Cooper's Hawk hanging around birdfeeders! More Pied-billed Grebes than I've ever seen at once here!

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 11, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     partly cloudy, still, warmish, birded for most of survey period with Rob Jett
34 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     200+
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  12     approx count
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  10
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  7     my highest count ever for this locality
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  10     approx count
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  18
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  5
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  7
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1     Seen soaring over central part of Prospect Park, calling. Seen independently a minute later by Rob Jett, who was further north in the Park. Large size, wedge-shaped long tail, and more musical call than American Crow.
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1     near Lincoln Road entrance
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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From Rob Jett:

This afternoon at around 1pm I ran into Prospect Park for an hour or so of birding. As I was walking down the stairs from the Litchfield Villa towards the Picnic House I heard what I thought was the croaking call of a raven. I stopped and listened for a second call. When it called again I started to run towards the open sky of the Long Meadow. I tried to convince myself that I was mistaken and that maybe it was someone playing with a dog toy...a stretch, I know, but I didn't want to jump to conclusions. As I was running, a message came into to my phone. Thinking it might be Peter or someone else in the park I stopped to check it. It was Adam Welz with this text:

"Raven soaring high over central part of Prospect Park right now, calling"

Once I was on the middle of the pathway that runs from the Picnic House to the Ravine I called Adam. I couldn't see the raven but could still hear it from somewhere to the north in the vicinity of Nelly's Lawn. Adam was down by the Lullwater and said that the bird was not in view. After a moment it appeared above the trees on Payne Hill, still calling and heading in the direction of the Midwood. It seemed to drop down into the Midwood so I hurried over in that direction hoping to get a photo of the bird. It stopped calling and despite searching the treetops in the Midwood it couldn't relocate the bird.

There was a previous sighting of a raven at Grand Army Plaza at noon this past Sunday, so at least one is in the area. Perhaps a pair will nest on the antenna tower near the botanic garden as they seem to like manmade structures.

Rob=

Common Raven flyover ctr prospect calling per adam

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Black&White Warbler Prospect Jan 10th report

Rob Bate reported this morning the BLACK&WHITE WARBLER along the mulched trail in south Midwood by the shipping containers on Center Drive.

Suet is back up at the feeders site; as soon as I walked away, a Downy Woodpecker checked in, as if it didnt missed a beat......

--Kingsboider




From Adam Welz:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 10, 2012 3:20 PM - 4:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     partly cloudy, light wind, cool. Possible Swamp Sparrow in Phragmites near duck feeding area on Prospect Lake.
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  250     approx count. Included one bird with neck collar, reported to Bird Banding Lab.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  12
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  5     unusually high count. All on Lake.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1     opp Rustic Arbor, Lullwater
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1     n slope of Lookout Hill
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1     Peninsula lawn
American Coot (Fulica americana)  26
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  7
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1     south side of Prospect Lake
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  40
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  5
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch--1

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From Peter

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 10, 2012 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
12 species

Canada Goose 221
Mute Swan 7
Mallard X
Northern Shoveler 2
Ruddy Duck 22
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Rock Pigeon X

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY
Jan 10, 2012 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
7 species

Mourning Dove X
Downy Woodpecker 4
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
House Finch 6

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 10, 2012
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Common Grackle 12 on Sherman and Greenwood Streets.In tree, front house

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sunday at the Park: Common Raven

I received a report from Andrew Lear of a pretty darn good bird for Prospect, still quite rare in Brooklyn but increasingly reported in the Queens / southern Brooklyn region : COMMON RAVEN.

Andrew saw a COMMON RAVEN flying over Grand Army Plaza at noon yesterday (Jan 8th) .

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/common_raven/id/ac


-Kingsboider

Sunday, January 8, 2012

How many Orange-Crowned Warblers are there in Prospect?

I was inquired to how many Orange-crowned Warblers there are in Prospect Park these past two months. But two at least were seen Saturday Jan 7th but my inquirer thinks there are three.

The only way to ascertain exact # is if someone took photos to compare the individuals' plumages. If you did take photos, send them to me, I'll pass along to my inquirer to determine 2 or 3.

Of course, tell me the date and LOCATION you took the photo.Thanks

Prosbird@aol.com

Prospect Sunday January 8th

NOTE: Continuing BLACK&WHITE WARBLER; year's first RING-NECKED DUCK

From Kathy Toomey:

date = 2012/01/08
site = Prospect Park
observers = Kathy Toomey and Emily Goldstein
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Shoveler
American Black Duck
Canada Goose
Ring-necked Duck 1, upper pool
Hooded Merganser 1, three sisters is.
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
American Coot
Great Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Black-and-white Warbler near 3 arches bridge, apparently eating fruit of osage orange
White-throated Sparrow heard
Fox Sparrow 1, lullwater
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
House Sparrow

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Prospect reports for Saturday Jan 7th

Note Bold for highlights  . From today's reports, it appears there are TWO ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS

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From Keir Randall:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
 Jan 7, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Protocol: Traveling
 2.0 mile(s)
 36 species (+1 other taxa)

 Canada Goose 30
 Mute Swan 7
 American Black Duck 4
 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 2
 Mallard 20
 Northern Shoveler 35
 Hooded Merganser 1
 Ruddy Duck 19
 Pied-billed Grebe 3
 Double-crested Cormorant 1
 Great Blue Heron 1
 Red-tailed Hawk 1
 American Coot 15
 Ring-billed Gull 200
 Herring Gull 4
 Great Black-backed Gull 1
 Rock Pigeon 20
 Mourning Dove 20
 Belted Kingfisher 1 female, Duck Island
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
 Downy Woodpecker 2
 Blue Jay 8
 Black-capped Chickadee 5
 White-breasted Nuthatch 1
 Carolina Wren 2
 American Robin 4
 Gray Catbird 1
 European Starling 30
 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Lily Pond/East Wood Arch area, moving NW
 Song Sparrow 1
 White-throated Sparrow 25
 Northern Cardinal 4
 Red-winged Blackbird 1
 Common Grackle 50 foraging flock, West Island to 3 Sisters
 American Goldfinch 15
 House Sparrow 30

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From Rafael Campos;

OBSERVER: Rafael G. Campos R.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Jan 7, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
34 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!

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From John Ascher :

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 7, 2012 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
21 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
American Black Duck  X
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  29
Hooded Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Coot  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1     dirt mound by green dumpster
Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed)  1     on dirt mound to L of green dumpster; seen at same loc. by m.obs. for weeks
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

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